LAMATA set to repair deplorable BRT lite corridors – official

The BRT corridor on Mile 12-Ikorodu road.

The BRT corridor on Mile 12-Ikorodu road.

Mr Kolawole Ojelabi, the External Relations Officer, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), said that the company would soon commence the replacement of the asphalt on the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lite corridors with concrete pavement.

Ojelabi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos that this would reduce the frequent “road collapse’’ always experienced on the corridors.

“ The Lagos State Government through LAMATA is presently replacing the asphalt on the BRT lite corridors with concrete pavement because of the consistent collapse usually experienced there.

“This will solve the challenges of the constant collapse of the corridors,’’ he said.

Ojelabi also said that LAMATA was planning to increase the number of BRT lite corridors to ensure that all the local government areas have easy and equal opportunity to the service of LAGBUS buses.

“There is provision for 14 BRT corridors under the state’s strategic transport master plan.

“These include the current Mile 12 to CMS BRT corridor and the extension to Ikorodu,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Soga Oyeyemi, a civil servant, had urged LAMATA to make the rehabilitation of BRT lite corridors a continuous process to serve the purpose of its establishment.

“Some spots on the BRT lite corridors have now turned into death traps, especially the Ojota Bus-Stop where there is a crater and most of the LAGBUS buses have to abandon it .

“Instead, they ply the lanes meant for other road users which sometimes cause traffic gridlock.

“If the deplorable corridors are not repaired, buses plying them will spoil early,’’ Oyeyemi said.

Also, Mr Chidi Okereke, a commuter, said that the corridors needed to be maintained and monitored every time by the authority in charge.

“The BRT corridors needed to be properly maintained for durability.

“Monitoring its usage will prevent some articulated vehicles make use of it during the late hours so far there is no supervision at late hours,’’ Okereke said.

Okereke urged LAMATA to caution LAGBUS drivers against reckless driving.

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